Yikes! My Etsy Store is LIVE!

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I cannot believe it! This idea came to me on January 1 and I have now uploaded my first hand-crafted item. How insane is that? Y’all, this is a work in progress. I have other pieces I need to load into the store but I will get to that tomorrow. Please give me your input. How does the storefront look? What advice do you have on how to make it look better? Not entirely sold on the banner. I think I need to change the font, maybe move the words around a bit. Any and all advice welcome.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CedarCreekHaven

More to come tomorrow!

 

 

 

My 12 Days of Christmas Self Love Song

Good morning. Happy Christmas Eve! Thought I’d send what I posted last night on Instagram.

Okay, so call me crazy but Christmastime can be especially stressful & depressing. It’s a time when some (me) celebrate the birth of Jesus, time with family.  For many, $ may be low, everything is so commercialized, we’ve lost someone, and all the pressure to be happy & joyful. I came up with this song. Give it a try. 💋😆❤

My 12 days of Christmas Self Love song

On the first day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the second day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the third day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the fourth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the fifth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the sixth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the seventh day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
7 Chunks of chocolate
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the eighth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
8 Cups of coffee
7 Chunks of chocolate
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the ninth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
9 Times awkward dancing
8 Cups of coffee
7 Chunks of chocolate
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the tenth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
10 Hours writing
9 Times awkward dancing
8 Cups of coffee
7 Chunks of chocolate
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
11 Let it goes going
10 Hours writing
9 Times awkward dancing
8 Cups of coffee
7 Chunks of chocolate
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my self love gave to me:
12 Pay it forwards
11 Let it goes going
10 Hours writing
9 Times awkward dancing
8 Cups of coffee
7 Chunks of chocolate
6 Times of praying
5 Tonedeaf sings
4 Cleansing breaths
3 Childlike grins
2 Big bear hugs
and Snorting belly laughter with glee

~Carol Blake

Smooches!! Happy Christmas!!

Fighting for His Young Life

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I am so ashamed. I have been having meltdowns over this insane week we’ve had – Mama’s truck broken down, then mine, then Hallie’s, very sick dog to vet, viruses on my computer, so that has to go to Geek Squad for several days, so I cannot work, I cannot write, etc., and about 5 other things went wrong this week. You know how when it rains, it pours?  Well, being busy having my pity party, I go on FaceBook to hopefully find something funny or beautiful or a deep quote to put it all in perspective.

I found perspective.

I found this precious little boy fighting for his life. Cancer. Very rare and aggressive. Stage 4. Just started chemo. Doesn’t look good.

I started to cry, begging God to forgive me. How can I cry for me and my family’s issues when this child is fighting to live, this mom and dad is having to watch their baby go through chemo and what comes with it? I cannot begin to imagine what this struggle and heartache must be like for anyone.

Then I started to pray for this sweet boy, his family, the health professionals associated with Lucas.

That’s his name. Lucas. Lucas Jones.

Then I started to pray for every child fighting to live. No child should have to go through this. No family should. Nobody should.

I found a Facebook page started on behalf of Lucas and his family so we could all keep up with their journey. 

I also noticed they set up a Go Fund Me account to help with medical expenses. I’ve never had the privilege of meeting these fine people but God placed it on my heart to help.

You can help in a myriad of ways:

1.  By reading their story and following along with them on their journey. Like/follow their FB page https://www.facebook.com/LoveforLuki

2. Check out their Go Fund Me campaign. A donation of just $5 can do so much to help. https://www.gofundme.com/Zewg7v64

3. Go to any Medic Blood Center and donate blood in Lucas’ name and he will get credit for it. Or donate for anyone. There are so many people who can benefit from your donation.

4. Last but definitely not least, pray. Please pray for Lucas, his family, the medics that are all assisting, and for every child/every person who has to go through something like this.

Thank you!!  And may God bless you.

Featured Bloggers 1/14/16: Networking 101

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There are some pretty cool blogs on here! Thanks Danny!

Dream Big, Dream Often

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Here are today’s Featured Bloggers!  Click Share if you would like to leave a link and Bloggers if you would like to see yesterday’s list!

Micki Allen

Adjusting Your Focus

Derpy Pink

Steve Says…

DEUXIEMEPEAU- PICTURING POETRY BY D. B. DONNELLY

Out of the Box Fashion

Heal Your Head

The Bipolar Compass

Lori Greer in Portland

Yadadarcyyada

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Moving the Life Class Experiments

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Haven’t had much participation on WordPress with the new Life Class Experiments, so I’ll just be keeping them over at Instagram and my Facebook Writer Page.  Just easier and faster.

Of course, I’ll be posting other stuff here from time to time.  Just moving the daily Life Class Experiment that I started a couple of days ago.

I did it!!! Thanks, God!!!

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I did it today

God said to go out and play

And new friends I made

 

It is a new bit

I thought I couldn’t do it

Out of the park hit

 

He’s making me see

To live you have to be free

Drop fears within me

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Hey y’all!  How ‘r’ you doin’?  I’m giddy!  Out of my mind crazy happy!  I started out excited, happy, scared to death and nervous as heck!  I have to tell you that God is so friggin’ awesome!  He filled me with the confidence and warmth I needed and soothed my nerves just enough to get through it.  And guess what?!  It was stinkin’ amazing and awesome in every way!  I found the most gracious, deep, warm, compassionate woman who agreed to interview with me and it went better than I could have ever imagined!  I also made several new friends and more people who’d like to interview when I go back next week!  How cool is that?

So, for all you out there who think you’re too old to try something new – for all those who are scared to death to face people, much less talk to them – for all those introverted people (like me) who prefer hiding rather than going out in the public and talking to perfect strangers, remember this – YOU are never too old to do something new, wild and different.  Fears are there to be faced and triumphed over.  Don’t let your fears hold you back from doing something you are drawn to do.

Now, there are healthy fears.  I mean, you will never see me jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.  Nuh-uh.

But don’t be afraid to talk to strangers.  You might just meet some incredible new lifelong friend!  I cannot get over how much this woman and I had in common with each other.  After the interview, we talked for at least an hour.  Actually, longer.  I went in at 10:30 and left after 2pm.  I believe I just made a new lifelong friend.  And several other friends.  All because I was willing to put myself out there.  Now those of you who know me – you know that’s not my comfort zone AT ALL!  But I faced my fear.  I did something I never thought I’d do and it was amazing!  And I made new friends.  And I gained more confidence in myself – something I was severely lacking.  And God helped me every step of the way!

So is there something in your mind that holds great meaning for you?  What’s stopping you from going after it?  If it’s fear, you need to look at that monster straight in the eye and say, “You ain’t stoppin’ me!  I might feel fear but I’m gonna go and do that thing anyway!  Because I know I can do it!  God will help me do it!  And Fear, I will not let you get in my way!”

Now go and do that thing!  Rock it like a boss!  And let us know how it goes because I get so tickled cheering people on!!  Whoop!  Whoop!

 

(Photo courtesy of redefineyourfuturenow.com)